When some portions of the public start to take a rather harsh view of a project you’re personally investing your time and energy on, it starts to wear pretty thin pretty fast. It looks like Paul Feig has learned this lesson the hard way, as he went on a Twitter rampage against a couple of haters trying to tear down the new Ghostbusters movie. Take for instance this first tweet, from a series of three, slamming fans for complaining about a film they still haven’t seen yet:
Now that’s a fair point, and the world has had a limited window into what Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters will end up looking like. Things escalated a little with this next tweet, in which Feig tries to wheel it back to the positivity angle, which is still pretty even keeled. Still, you can tell he’s clearly getting fed up.
At this point, Feig isn’t looking for a fight, and he’s still pretty reserved. However, this final tweet is where the real sting sets in.
Again, Paul Feig isn’t looking to instigate those who have come out against the new Ghostbusters franchise model. The fact that it’s taken this long for this sort of event to occur is the clear evidence to that point. If anything, Feig was merely letting off steam, rather than trying to destroy his critics, and who can blame him? He’s dedicated a lot of time and energy to a new vision for a franchise he knows and loves. He’s even mentioned that he’s gone out of his way to avoid retreading the original film, and instead has been trying to freshen it up with a modern context.
That having been said, he really could have taken his approach to an already troll heavy subject with a little more restraint. Much like Godwin’s Law talks about automatically losing an argument when you invoke the name of Hitler, telling someone to go fuck themselves on the internet pretty much paints you into a bad corner.
At this point all anyone can, and should, hope for is a good Ghostbusters movie. When all is said and done, this movie isn’t going away. Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters will star Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones. It will feature cameos from the surviving members of the original Ghostbusters crew. It will not feature a theme song from Ray Parker Jr., at least not that we know of. This is all established fact, and it cannot be undone. All that can really be done at this point is to wait for the new version of Ghostbusters to drop, and to react however the film may inspire us to do so.
You’ll get your chance when Ghostbusters busts into theaters on July 15, 2016.